The Narayana Group launches a national helpline for stressed students

Every adult will remember the stresses in school life. Especially exams. Boards. Class X and XII. It is when one often feels alone and frustrated. And no one to speak to. Working towards exams can create feelings of worry and being under pressure, especially at university where you’re aiming for a degree.

Students are exposed to a barrage of stressors during the college experience, from growing pains associated with adjusting to college to everyday factors like social pressures. A 2016 poll found that 34.4% of college students reported that stress had negatively impacted their academic performance over the past 12 months. Stress was the single most common inhibitor on academic performance reported by students, followed by depression, anxiety, and sleep difficulties.

The Narayana Group, known as the “Gateway to the IIT”, has long understood the pressure students face in the lonely and arduous journey towards success in competitive exams. With over 400,000 students – and 100,000 clearing competitive exams – The Narayana Group – for over 40 years has not only been an academic lab – but the success of its students has been a development of their mental toughness.

Realising the national problem of exam stress and the lack of professional care available – The Narayana Group decided to open a free helpline nationally to all students, of all institutions.

“There is ever greater pressure to perform in competitive exams. Students are exposed to a variety of stresses,” says Mr. Puneet Kothapa, Director, Narayana Group. “We realised the unavailability of skilled manpower in the country, to deal with these stresses.  According to reports from the Indian Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country needs around 13,000 psychiatrists. To achieve an ideal ratio of psychiatrists to population is about 1: 8000 to 10,000 but currently has just about 3,500 – which is about one psychiatrist for over 2 lakh people!”

In India, on an average – a student commits suicide every hour. The Disha helpline would not only provide support but also save lives.

Source: Atharva Marcom

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